Spencer and I arrived in Australia at Perth Airport, but we spent most of our time in Perth’s little sister city, Fremantle. Fremantle is a low-key, historical town that is all about good food, good beer, and chill beach vibes. We could have happily never left. Continue reading “Fremantle and Around”
Tomorrow, we fly to Australia! Before we embark on our next, great adventure, I still have a few highlights from our trip to Cape Town to share. Continue reading “Cape Town Highlights”
I’ve never been good at picking favorites. I can’t name a favorite movie or book or band or even country. Usually, my favorite is something I haven’t even tried yet, simply for the novelty of it. The same goes for bars and restaurants; I’ve never really had a “local hangout.” Why go to a place you’ve already tried when you can try something new? But lately, I have found myself going back again and again to one place in Johannesburg, and I think that means I do have a favorite hangout here – 44 Stanley. Continue reading “A few of My Favorite Things: 44 Stanley”
Wedged between Zimbabwe on one side and South Africa on the other, the Tuli Block is a narrow strip of land on the south-eastern edge of Bostwana. It is where we finished up our Botswana road trip, and despite the crippling effects of a drought, it is also where we had some of our most exciting animals encounters to date.
The South African International Rugby Team, known as the Springboks or simply ‘The Bokke’, recently took on Ireland on a crisp winter evening in Johannesburg. Ireland’s top international squad is currently on a three-week, three-city tour of the country to face the Springboks, and South Africa will travel to Great Britain later this year to face the rest of the UK. The first test of three took place last weekend in Cape Town, where Ireland edged out South Africa 26-20. Little did Cici and I know, our first experience with International Rugby would result in one of the most exciting comebacks I’ve witnessed in all of sport.
Today is Freedom day in South Africa, commemorating 22 years since the first democratic election was held here, marking the official end of institutionalized colonialism and apartheid in the country. This weekend, we got a glimpse at both South Africa’s dark past and bright future at Constitution Hill.
There is a small kingdom that is circled on all sides by green mountains, shrouded in mist. It is ruled by a benevolent King who tries his best to take care of his people with the help of his wise mother, though he has a penchant for collecting wives and fine things. The people here are not rich, but they are happy with their king and proud of their land. They live according to traditional customs as they have for hundreds of years, but wonder about life outside of their tiny kingdom, and yearn for more opportunities.
This place is the Kingdom of Swaziland, a mountainous country sandwiched between northeastern South Africa and Mozambique. Driving through this tiny country on our way back from Mozambique, we were treated to an inside view of this incredible place that we never expected.
When I was in South Africa for the World Cup in 2010, I remember waltzing in to a liquor store with my friends before our first match at Soccer City in Johannesburg. We wanted a six-pack for the tailgate before the match. In the beer section, there were stacks of Castle Lager and Castle Lite, South Africa’s answers to Budweiser and Bud Light, and not much else. That was fine. We were 21, and I would end up drinking some of that beer out of a vuvuzela anyway (sorry, parents), like these New Zealanders we met at Royal Bafokeng stadium.
Cici and I worked up quite a thirst navigating our way down the Vaal River. Conveniently for us, the Dog & Fig Brewery is just a few hundred meters away from Earth Adventures along Kopjeskraal Road in Parys. The brewery is set atop a broad grassy hill with stunning views of the Vredefort dome mountains to the northwest. From the parking lot, a large but simple industrial structure gives way to an eclectic indoor/outdoor drinking and dining area in the back.